‘Though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit.’
Yoni Heisler reports: An iPhone assembler recently confirmed two new iPhone 8 features we can look forward to once Apple releases its next-gen iPhone later this year. According to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review, Wistron CEO Robert Hwang told reporters earlier today that upcoming iPhone models will in fact be waterproof and feature wireless charging. While these two features have been circulating around the rumor mill for months, this is the most concrete proof we’ve seen to date.
“Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much,” Hwang said, “though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit.” Hwang added that Wistron is operating under the assumption that iPhone shipments in 2017 will check in higher than it did last year, seemingly bolstering analyst projections regarding the iPhone 8 ushering in a massive refresh cycle.
Notably, Wistron will reportedly be tasked with assembling Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 7s. Still, if the iPhone 7s will be graced with a waterproof design and wireless charging, it’s a safe bet that the iPhone 8 will include these features as well.
As for how Apple’s wireless charging implementation will function, well, that remains to be seen … (read more)
Wistron says smartphones to be waterproof, have wireless charging this year.
TAIPEI — Debby Wu reports: Assembler Wistron, a smaller rival to Hon Hai Precision Industry and Pegatron, on Wednesday said that upcoming smartphones are to incorporate a waterproof function and wireless charging. It said this in answer to a question regarding Apple orders this year.
“Assembly process for the previous generations of smartphones have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and the waterproofing will alter the assembly process a bit,” Chief Executive Robert Hwang told reporters after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday.
Hwang did not mention Apple or the iPhone, but the Nikkei Asian Review has previously reported that new iPhones this year will be waterproof and have wireless charging.
According to Jeff Pu of Yuanta Investment Consulting and Arthur Liao of Fubon Securities, Wistron is splitting orders for the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone with flat displays with Hon Hai, or Foxconn Technology Group.
Apple is expected to release a 4.7-inch handset with flat display and a premium version with a slightly curved screen.
Hwang said he expects his company to ship more smartphones in 2017 than 2016, without providing a number. The executive said that labor costs would continue to rise in China this year, but the company will try to cut costs by increasing the use of automation.
Wistron is also making the iPhone SE and iPhone 6 in India, according to Yuanta’s Pu. But Hwang said that India’s contributions to Wistron’s revenue this year will remain “very little,” without providing an exact figure.
Wistron has been churning out smartphones for Chinese and local brands in India for over a year now, Hwang said, and that facility has been profitable since late last year.
Wistron’s separate India facility for Apple, meanwhile, is also making “a small number” of handsets right now, although Hwang did not reveal a specific figure. Hwang said that he expects Wistron’s overall smartphone business in India to break even next year.
He said whether Wistron can grow the number of smartphones it makes for Apple in India will depend on upcoming negotiations between the U.S. company and the Indian government … (read more)